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Genetic Counseling Program 

Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center  at Dallas is proud to offer a cancer genetic counseling program that allows specially trained genetic counselors to assess an individual’s risk to have a hereditary form of cancer.  Our genetic counselors assess for many hereditary cancer syndromes. During a genetic counseling session, information is provided on the risk to develop cancer, surveillance and early detection options, genetic testing, as well as some prevention strategies and treatment options.  Learn how genetics can impact your cancer risk.

When to consider genetic counseling?

A personal or family history of:
  • 2 or more closely related individuals with cancer before age 50
  • Multiple types of cancers in one individual
  • Cancer on both sides of the body (bilateral)
  • Multiple generations with the same type of cancer
  • Uncommon cancers
  • Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity and cancer

What happens in a genetic counseling session:

  • Review of personal and family medical information
  • Family tree construction and analysis
  • Cancer risk assessment
  • Cancer genetics education
  • Genetic testing, when appropriate
  • Guidelines for continued monitoring and management
  • Education about research trials
  • A written summary of cancer risk and interpretation of genetic testing results


There is a nominal fee for genetic counseling billed to insurance companies. Genetic testing is billed separately and is often covered by your insurance company when certain criteria on your personal and/or family history of cancer are met.

Types of cancers seen in the Hereditary Cancer Risk Program:

  • Breast
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Gynecological
  • Melanoma
  • Kidney
  • Pancreatic
  • Prostate
  • Endocrine
  • Other cancers can also be hereditary.  If you think you have a strong personal and/or family history of cancer you may want to talk to your physician or a genetic counselor to learn if you could benefit from a hereditary cancer risk assessment.

For patients:

If you would like to find out more information about cancer genetics and our genetic counseling services, or to schedule an appointment, please contact 214.820.9600 or 

For physicians: